INDIANAPOLIS (August 2, 2015) - The Indiana Department of Health has closed its investigation into Indiana's Planned Parenthood facilities, notifying the three facilities that investigators didn’t find any violations of regulations in the disposal of fetal remains.
Gov. Mike Pence had ordered the investigation to see if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold after a group circulated a video it made secretly showing a national Planned Parenthood official discussing procedures for providing fetal body parts to researchers.
Letters from the health department to the three Indiana facilities dated Tuesday said the agency was “unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations.” The letters say the complaint is closed.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President Betty Cockrum says she is pleased the “unfounded complaint is resolved.”
Meantime in Washington, the Senate is prepared to vote Monday on a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood.
Sen. Dan Coats is one of the Republican legislators sponsoring the bill, but Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has yet to declare his position.
Donnelly's office issued a short statement Friday, saying:
“Senator Donnelly is reviewing the legislation and appreciates hearing from Hoosiers on both sides of the issue.”